Read about life after bariatric surgery in the words of our patients.
Wondering how bariatric surgery would affect you? Our Bariatric Center of Excellence is the only program in the region performing all five bariatric procedures. We perform nearly 200 surgeries a year - helping patients improve their quality of life and improve their overall health.
Our patients say it best...
First of all, I have to say finding a before picture was difficult as I didn't like to have pictures taken of me. I had the duodenal switch on 9/26/08. Prior to this surgery, I had to have both of my knees replaced, and the doctor told me that if I wanted to keep them that I would need to lose weight. In addition, I had borderline high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, high cholesterol and gastric reflux. I am a nurse, and I knew that I was headed for major health problems as well as an early death if I didn't correct things soon.
I had been on the "yo-yo" dieting, and tried so many diets that I had lost track. Since my surgery, I have lost 133 pounds, and created a new life for myself. I just had my six year check-up with my orthopedic doctor, and he says that there is no wear on my knees. I no longer have high blood pressure or diabetes. My cholesterol level was way down at 142, and my triglycerides are usually undetectable now. I do have to work on my diet and am on an exercise program.
I believe in the weight loss surgery so much that I have been the Bariatric Program Coordinator for about 4 1/2 years. My quality of life is forever changed, and I couldn't be more thankful.
Getting the DS has drastically changed my life. Besides the fact that I went from an all-time high of 264 to a low of 140 (now almost 4 years out up to 150), it has enriched my life in so many ways.
For the first time I am actually LIVING and enjoying life to the fullest. My only regret is that I didn't do this even earlier. But, better late than never! I am hoping to complete my journey with plastic surgery within the year...but even if I never do this, I am 100% okay with that.
My liver enzymes went back to normal, my cholesterol and triglycerides are awesome, and my blood pressure is perfect. My mother developed diabetes several years ago, and I knew that that was what my future held if I continued to be obese.
My before picture is the day after my surgery while I was in the hospital in Omaha and weighed approximately 250 pounds. My after picture is when I was almost 2 years out and weighed approximately 145 pounds. I went from a size 22/24 to a size 8. At my lowest weight I was a size 6. I never dreamed it was possible to be in a single-digit size.
If you're considering weight loss surgery, I highly recommend Dr. Anthone and his team. They are lifesavers and truly care about you as a person. He even remembers my boyfriend's name and asks about him at my visits. That's pretty impressive! :)
After the birth of my 3rd child, one day I had decided I needed to lose weight. I had been to the weight loss seminars two times and couldn't get the courage to go have the surgery. After 15 years of failed diets and lots of tears I decided it was time I got my life under control before I became a diabetic.
Fortunately my insurance paid for my surgery. My choice to have the Gastric Sleeve was the BEST decision I have ever done for myself and my family. I feel like the fat jail I was living in I am finally free of. I never felt like I had low self esteem, but it's only now after losing so much weight I look back and realized I didn't like myself at all and was terrified for what I would become on the path I was going down.
Dr. Brad Winterstein and his staff have saved my life in many ways! Not only do I make the right food choices, I also make choices I know are impacting my sons' lives so they can not be where there mom was. There is no greater feeling than having my 6-year-old son hug me and tell me how proud he is that he can touch his hands behind my back from me not being so overweight!
I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in the Spring of 1996. I had to discontinue my oral medications when we discovered that I was expecting our 3rd child and start taking insulin.
I did pretty good with the weight during the pregnancy, but afterwards I couldn't get off of the insulin and the more weight I gained the more insulin I needed to take.....and that started a never-ending cycle. I began dealing with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I eventually was diagnosed with sleep apnea after a bout with diabetic ketoacidosis.
A former co-worker of mine told me about having her diabetes eliminated by the bariatric surgery. I was sold on the idea. I'd tried multiple diets and philosophies, but while some weight came off, it also came back on and I couldn't make enough head-way to make a difference. When enough small irritants pile up on top of each other, the big picture becomes just too big to handle alone.
My Duodenal Switch surgery was in March 2013. As I write this, 9 months-post surgery, my current weight loss is 147 pounds. I've dropped almost 3 dress sizes and my youngest child recently walked right past me before recognizing that his Mom was in the car waiting to pick him up from school. He got into the car and immediately wanted to tell me something, but he prefaced it with "I'm not trying to offend you or be insulting." I told him to go ahead and just spit it out. He replied, "Mom, you're skinnier than I thought. I didn't think it was you in the car." My baby has never seen me at this weight.
Do I have any regrets? NOT ON YOUR LIFE and I'd do the surgery over again in a heartbeat!
My before picture was taken October 2012, two months before surgery. My after picture was taken June 11, 2013, six months after surgery.
Before surgery my diabetes was totally out of control. My A1C was 12 and 13. The doctor put me on insulin, but we still couldn't control the diabetes. I had bladder leakage since 1970 and my oxygen level was low. My doctor wanted to have me on oxygen all the time. I also had an attack of arterial flutter. Since I refused to go on oxygen, my doctor said the only way I was going to stay alive was to go to the bariatric clinic and see Dr. Anthone in Omaha.
So I agreed to go. I made several trips to Omaha to the support group meetings and finally set up an appointment to have the Duodenal Switch surgery. I met the first time with Dr. Cronk and the second time with Dr. Anthone. I came back to Falls City and had all the preliminary tests run and the surgery was scheduled for December 7, 2012.
I am a new woman. I want to thank God and my doctor for his referral to Dr. Anthone. I also want to thank Dr. Anthone, his doctors, nurses and staff. You receive so much support from them and their office. I so look forward to my visits. They are like family and make you feel so comfortable.
I am no longer a diabetic. I haven't taken any medication for diabetes since the day after surgery although I don't have to test, I occasionally do. My blood glucose is 88 or 90. After 3 months my A1C was 7 and after 6 months it was 5.9. And, I no longer suffer from bladder leakage. Wow! What a blessing! My oxygen level is back to normal and I can take long walks and exercise without shortness of breath.
I am a new woman at age 70 and feel and look better than I have in years. I'm not done losing weight so I can hardly imagine what I will feel like in 9 months and in 12 months.
I would recommend bariatric surgery to anyone needing to lose weight, with one condition, they really have to want to lose weight and become healthier. Dr. Anthone has the best doctors and support team. I am a firm believer and feel so blessed to be a part of this.
I had struggled with my weight for about the last 15 years, getting heavier and heavier no matter what I tried. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes in the fall of 2011. I struggled with the various medications and the side effects. Diabetic diets did little to lower my blood sugar.
My doctor gave me the choice; lots of insulin or look into bariatric weight loss surgery. It was the best choice I ever made. I had my ruen-y surgery on September 28, 2012. I have currently lost 120 lbs with a normal BMI. I have normal blood sugar with no medication and have been off cholesterol medication since the day after surgery. I am back to my high school weight and have more energy than I have had in years. I would chose this option again in a heartbeat.
Well, my journey begins! I had the duodenal switch surgery on December 18, 2013. As I am writing, it has been 34 days since surgery and I have already lost 55 pounds. I have so much more energy now! I have 36 days of no smoking - and in fact - the smell of cigarette smoke makes me sick now, so that a plus.
I can't wait until a year from now to see where this journey will go. I am so glad I had the surgery - it feels like I am getting my life back!
On September 24, 2012 I was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure and a lung infection. At that point I was my biggest at 350 pounds. Very, very unhealthy. My doctor at the time introduced me to Dr. Anthone. This moment changed everything. I realized finally I could go no lower and had to fix ME.
Dr. Anthone performed the duodenal switch on April 3, 2013. Now, Febuary 2014, I am almost half my former self! It wasn't the easy way out as you might think. It's hard its work! But, oh man, I love the new me! I have my self esteem back, I can wear normal clothes, I'm healthier all around! Finally feeling great!
Like a lot of people who have been overweight, I went up and down on the scale and every time I lost I always gained more than I lost. My weight got so out of control I found myself in the worst health I've ever had. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, COPD, and chronic pain and fatigue.
I had the conversation with my doctor about my weight and found out about bariatric surgery. That's what brought me to Dr. Anthone. For me, this was the hardest part. I went to the seminar, made an appointment and have been looking forward to every day.
I've lost 92 lbs. I'm not taking most of the medication I was on and I no longer have sleep apnea. I rarely use the pain medication. I am 3 years out from my surgery and maintaining my weight well.
This team will be with you the entire trip to the new you. I have no doubt that they saved my life along with many other people. They really do care!